Travel safely with technology

By | March 31, 2017
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Whether you are planning a vacation or professional trip, you will likely take along smartphone, tablet, laptop, or other mobile device. Follow these tips to safeguard both your own—and the university’s—data.

Before you travel

  • Decide whether or not you need all your devices. If you don’t need it, leave it.
  • Consider taking a device that you only use for travel.
  • Securely back-up data stored on your device(s) or media.
  • Prepare for limited access by downloading materials for offline use.
  • If traveling abroad for university-related purposes, register your travel.

During your trip

  • Use a secure internet connection, such as the U-M or Michigan Medicine VPN.
  • Avoid internet cafes and untrusted networks.
  • Avoid plugging USB-powered devices into public charging stations.
  • Keep devices close at hand or locked up.

When you return

  • Change your UMICH (Level-1) password immediately upon your return.
  • Scan your device for malware and viruses.
  • Consider wiping your device (depending on where your travels take you).

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